James Craske
  • 1.53 Lawrence Stenhouse Building

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Personal profile

Biography

I joined the School of Education and Lifelong Learning as a lecturer in September 2021. I completed my doctorate at UEA, between the Schools of Education and Lifelong Learning and Politics, Philosophy and Communication and Language Studies (2015-2019). Previously, I worked in two secondary schools as a learning support assistant and the first academic mentor in a new free school in Norwich, where I established and developed a mentoring programme for both lower school and sixth form students. I have held roles at the Centre for Competition Policy as a research associate (2019-20) and the Brexit & Environment Network as senior research associate (2020-21).

Professional Activities

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research combines theories and methods from education, sociology, critical policy studies and social and political theory to analyse and show connections between different moments in the ‘life’ of Education policies, from their formation at an elite level to their implementation in the classroom. I have published findings in key journals in both Education and Political Studies.

My doctoral thesis combined the analysis of speeches and policy documents such as White Papers, with an ethnographic case-study of English teachers in a secondary school. It showed the complex ways in which practitioners interpret and ‘enact’ policy, and how at the front line this converges with or departs from elite policy goals.

Teaching Interests

Since 2016, I have led seminars in media, politics, education and theory across the Schools of Education and Politics.